Relating Together for the Gospel

The guys at Together for the Gospel are modeling something VITAL:"Something that is meant to be different about the T4G conference, and what it may inspire in your own ministry, is that it is built on, and attempts to model and provoke relational networks for encouragement and accountability. So inviting Thabiti was no mere decision of the 4 of us to send him a letter. First, we had to work at building in relationships, and introducing Thabiti to the brothers who didn't know him. So the delay in … [Read more...]

The PCA Considering Excluding Followers of N. T. Wright

Lig Duncan has been part of a committee that has been considering the teachings of the New Perspectives on Paul (NPP), and especially N. T. Wright, for several months on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in America.They have now made a number of clear declarations as listed below, and the closing paragraphs of the report suggest to me that they have concluded that to hold these views should become inconsistent with continuing as a minister or preacher in a PCA church. They make a number of … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Doctor Defines and Describes Revival

A recurring theme on my blog this year has been the subject of revival. Most Mondays I take the time to raid my electronic version of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' materials, which is produced by Logos Bible Software. Today's quote explains what revival is and what it looks like.“What is revival? We can define it as a period of unusual blessing and activity in the life of the Christian Church. Primarily, of course, and by definition, a revival is something that happens first in the Church and amongst C … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Banned Church Planting Video

Mark Driscoll is at the centre of controversy once more. This time it is about a video he shot for a conference that was aimed at stirring men to fight for the church. The video was publicly criticised from the stage of the conference by Bill Hybels. The video was then not given out as planned to the conference delegates. I am impressed with his restraint in his blog post on the subject.I am praying for Mark right now as I write this because I'm sure this was the last thing he was expecting … [Read more...]

Newfrontiers Magazine Focuses on Healing

The next issue of the newfrontiers magazine is now available online. It has a special focus on healing. There are some great healing testimonies and some interesting articles about how we seem to be beginning to learn as a movement how to make room for God to heal.Newfrontiers Magazine In Brief Firstline A Journey Into Healing Healing Testimonies Expecting the miraculous! Healing Testimonies (2) Confessions Of A Healing Sceptic Healing Testimonies (3) Friends First Book Reviews A healing King … [Read more...]

John Piper Friday – Prayer and the Word of God

This Piper Friday, I would like to share an extract with you from an old sermon by John Piper. It rightly entwines three themes that were flowing through my head (and hence this blog!) earlier this year: The study of God’s Word, prayer, and the activity of the Holy Spirit. I am increasingly convinced that we need these three things more than anything else! Oh, God . . . make us preachers to be men like this!“The minister of the Word must not choose between study and prayer. Study without prayer i … [Read more...]

Loving God – A Guide for Beginners

Today we draw to a close our series on the attributes of God—which has been inspired by the T4G Statement—by publishing an article which, in an abridged form, has already been published in the online Comment magazine.The article addresses the nature of God, but focuses on the fact that we need to learn to love this God—which is surely a good way for us to round off this series.For more posts on the T4G Statement, Articles 1-4 see Ten Conclusions About Expository Preaching, and for more on Art … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Ten Conclusions About Expository Preaching

Well, here it is. I finally draw to an end a series that could have run and run. Almost all my posts for the last month or so have been inspired by Article 4 of the T4G Statement, which is quoted in my post John Piper on Expository Preaching. As I have said, I am sure I will return frequently to this topic as it is, of course, never far from my mind — and in a way preaching is the over-arching theme of this blog.In this final post, I will list ten personal conclusions I have made, having spent t … [Read more...]

Books to Help You Read The Bible

We have been speaking about preaching and the importance of Christians understanding the message of the Bible. We are drawing near to the end of this extended series. I felt, however, that I should not leave the series without sharing a few resources with you that are still fairly new and will definitely help you to study the Bible yourself.The last year or so has been a great year for Christian publishing, with some fantastic books being published. The following list is some of the best of … [Read more...]

Mark Dever on Expositional Preaching – The 1st of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church

I am drawing close to the end of my longstanding series on preaching based on the Together For The Gospel Statement, Article 4. This does not mean, of course, that the subject of preaching will disappear from this blog—far from it. Since this is a blog by a preacher, and many of my readers are preachers, this topic is never far away and will keep returning. Indeed, in many ways the whole blog is relevant to the subject of preaching and living the Bible's message.As we get close to the end of t … [Read more...]